Reno, known as The Biggest Little City in the World, is famous for its casinos, and is the birthplace of the gaming corporation Harrah's Entertainment.
Reno is the county seat of Washoe County, Nevada.
It is the second largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas.
Reno lies 26 miles (42 km) north of the Nevada state capital, Carson City,
and 22 miles (35 km) northeast of Lake Tahoe.
Reno shares its eastern border with the city of Sparks.
In an effort to bring more tourism to the area, Reno holds several events throughout the year, all of which have been extremely successful. They include Hot August Nights (a classic car convention and rally), Street Vibrations (a motorcycle fan gathering and rally), The Great Reno Balloon Race, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off (held in Sparks), a Cinco de Mayo celebration, bowling tournaments and the Reno Air Races. Reno is also home to world renowned golf courses.
The National Automobile Museum (The Harrah Collection),
located just two blocks from downtown Reno, lets you travel through time like few other places. The museum
is world famous and contains some of the world's rarest cars, like a 1948
Tucker V-4 Dr Sedan,
a racing Hummer,
a 1973 Battery Box and
a 1981 Gold DeLorean.
The University of Nevada, Reno is located just north of downtown Reno. The university's first building, Morrill Hall, still stands on the historic quad at the campus southern end. Among its specialties are mining, engineering, agriculture, journalism, and one of only two Basque Studies programs in the nation. It also houses the only judicial college in the United States.
Amtrak, the national passenger rail system, provides service to Reno. The city's passenger rail station is located at 280 North Center Street in downtown Reno. Amtrak train 5, the westbound California Zephyr, provides service to the cities of Truckee, Colfax, Roseville, Sacramento, Davis, Martinez, and Emeryville, across the bay from San Francisco and from there on to Fremont, California.